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Bizarre moment Oprah Winfrey gets ambushed by man claiming to be her ‘secret son’ after leaving The Late Show studio where she showed off her 15lb weight loss.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has spoken out after she was confronted by a man claiming to be her secret son outside of the Late Show in New York earlier this month. In pictures taken outside the Ed Sullivan theatre, a startled Winfrey can be seen in an awkward encounter with Calvin Mitchell, who has claimed to have been raised by the presenter, before they became estranged 20 years ago.The 35-year-old, who is now a truck driver, claims that Oprah helped raise him for five years but when he was a “dumb” 17-year-old he made mistakes and she didn’t forgive him. Calvin Mitchell reckons they met on the set of the 1993 TV movie There Are No Children Here, and that Oprah opened negotiations to take him off his mother’s hands, but that the deal eventually fell apart.

The National Enquirer arranged for Mitchell to run into Winfrey after he claimed he wanted to reconnect with the talk show host after becoming estranged from her for 20 years. Mitchell’s mum, Eva, told the website why she allegedly said no to Oprah: “It felt strange because I felt if someone wanted to help me with my children, that’s one thing.

We were shooting in the projects in Chicago and I was sitting on set during a break, and this cute little sparkly-eyed boy came underneath the yellow tape to hand me a soda.” Oprah admitted she was so “charmed” by him that she engaged in conversation with him and discovered his mum didn’t have a job and they lived in the projects. After the show, Oprah allegedly reached out to Mitchell’s family and asked to adopt him and while the request was denied by his mother, she remained close to the family. I know you are 16 and can’t see the road ahead, but if you leave this school and refuse to get an education — I have tried to offer you an education twice — there isn’t another school I can put you in. Thereafter, he took the opportunity of his terrifying proximity to Oprah outside the Colbert show to apologise for any distress this choice of outlet might have caused. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he is said to have informed her across the security cordon. “It was the only way to get in touch with you.” As Oprah must harbour fears that Calvin’s face will be the last thing she sees before she dies, her response is a masterclass in keeping it light. “Honey,” she smiled. “I’m on my way to the United Nations right now, so I can’t talk to you.” Majestic. He told the site that the legendary star coughed up the cash for his expensive education at The Piney Woods School, a prestigious Christian-based boarding school.

He was later expelled and Oprah decided to send him to a private boarding school in Mississippi which she thought would be better for him, but at 16 he left after saying “the teachers didn’t like him”. “I said, ‘Calvin, this is the moment. We wish Oprah every success in managing the decline of the relationship, which I imagine has now been commuted to an annual exchange of restraining orders.

When Winfrey and Graham were informed that Mitchell hadn’t been attending school, they discovered that part of the problem was that the family didn’t own any clocks. “We went out, Stedman and I, went to K-Mart that moment, got a bag full of clocks, came back to the house, taught them how to set the alarm and all that,” she said, adding that she told Mitchell she’d give him another chance. And that was my last conversation with Calvin in the early ’90s.” She said she was “disappointed” that he colluded with “The National Enquirer” to “set up” the awkward reunion. She instructed a staffer to get Calvin’s phone number. “I learned from that experience,” Winfrey said. “If you really want to change somebody’s life, you’ve got to be able to spend enough time with them to change the way they think about what their life can be. I feel like what she did was wrong,’ said Calvin, who later became suicidal after she ‘abandoned’ him. ‘She told me, “Calvin, just try to work it out. Meanwhile, Mitchell recently spoke out about his relationship with the media mogul – who he claims referred to him as “her son” – giving his side of the story.

But even after the long pep talk she gave me, I still left.’ Winfrey has always been incredibly generous in donating money to young students, having given 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia for example. In the past, Oprah has reportedly said she never ‘felt compelled’ to have children ‘because I wasn’t mothered well’ by Vernita Lee – who was too busy working as a housemaid. Meanwhile, Oprah has been on a weight loss mission since of late, having been on a Weight Watchers diet plan since August 12 – and so far hast lost 15lbs. ‘My goal is for my body to be the weight it can hold — to be strong and healthy and fit, to be itself.

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